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    The Q Sessions, Straight From The Studio Pure PCM Recording Available On Qobuz

     

     

    I just received this press release today and absolutely love it. Qobuz isn't messing around with unnecessary proprietary schemes, rather it teamed with real musicians to record AND deliver true studio quality music right to our ears. This is a pure PCM recording that requires no special equipment to hear at 100% full resolution, straight from the studio, and has not been dumbed down to meet the bandwidth limitations of the 1990s. 

     

    Check out this press release for all the juicy details and listen to one track here. The embedded version below streams at 24/192!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Qobuz commissions seven time GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz artist Christian McBride for The Q Sessions Hi-Res exclusive EP out 4/30 (International Jazz Day)

    End-to-end creation proves the power of Hi-Res to put listeners “in the studio”

     

    Seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz artist Christian McBride and Qobuz, the Hi-Res streaming and download service, have teamed up to release The Q Sessions EP tomorrow, 4/30, just in time for International Jazz Day.

     

    McBride visited NYC’s Power Station earlier this year to record three start-to-finish Hi-Res songs commissioned by Qobuz. The project was created with top-notch equipment at 24-bit/ 192kHz quality, and the final product streams and downloads with the exact same sound, tones, and touches, in which it was first recorded.

     

    With no digital compression or downgrading involved, The Q Sessions is the first in a new series of Qobuz exclusives designed to transport listeners directly to the studio and show the difference Hi-Res recording, production, and listening can make.

     

    CMB_TQS 13 _1_.jpgThe EP features three McBride performances, played in a quartet with Marcus Strickland (saxophone), Eric Harland (drums), and Mike Stern (guitar). Comprised of one blues improv, one standard and one new original commissioned by Qobuz ("Brouhaha," a song inspired by the then-recent passing of Chick Corea), The Q Sessions was custom-designed for the jazz fans who turn to Qobuz for the best quality sound. This EP joins Qobuz’ already established catalog of exclusive content - expert penned “panorama” interactive essays, artist-created playlists, liner notes and lyric booklets - to add to the platform’s reputation for the best listening experience in the field.

     

    Read more about The Q Sessions and the McBride/Qobuz partnership HERE at WBGO, where you can take an exclusive Hi-Res listen to the new "funk-fusion workout" “Brouhaha” right now, in the same 24-bit / 192kHz quality with which it was captured in the studio.

     

    Christian McBride said, “What a pleasure it was to put together a special group featuring one of my favorite guitarists of all time, Mike Stern. It was a great day in the studio with Mike, Marcus and Eric not only jamming a couple of tunes, but to also record a new original of mine, 'Brouhaha.' I’m thrilled we captured these performances in Hi-Res audio and can deliver them to the listener without compromise, and I look forward to more with Qobuz.” 

     

    Dan Mackta, US Managing Director of Qobuz, said, “Seeing the guys create this incredible music right before my eyes in the historic Power Station Studio A was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Knowing that everyone can have that same studio quality experience by listening on Qobuz makes it even better."

     

     

    About Qobuz

    Founded in 2007, a pioneer of high-quality sound, Qobuz is the French music streaming and download service that meets the needs of demanding music lovers and audiophiles. Available in 18 countries around the world, in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, Qobuz offers an exceptional range of exclusive editorial content written by a team of experts. With its catalog of more than 70 million tracks, Qobuz also has the richest choice of high-resolution (Hi-Res) references on the market. Qobuz is the only multi-genre platform to achieve Hi-Res certification - a label awarded by the Japan Audio Society (JAS). For more information: qobuz.com 

     

    About Christian McBride

    Christian McBride is a seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader. McBride is the Artistic Director of the historic Newport Jazz Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts center (NJPAC) and the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Christian is also a respected educator and advocate as the Artistic Director of Jazz House KiDS, and the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In addition to consistent touring, McBride hosts NPR's “Jazz Night in America” and "The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian" on SiriusXM. Whether behind the bass or away from it, Christian McBride is always of the music. From jazz to R&B, pop/rock and hip-hop/neo-soul to classical, he is a luminary with one hand ever reaching for new heights, and the other extended in fellowship—and perhaps the hint of a challenge—inviting us to join him.

     

     

     



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    Awesome!  I love this because they're turning the tables--they're likely to deliver a better stream than would have been available on a traditional CD.

     

    Also, McBride is amazing live.  Most bass solos are snoozers--his are great.  He's at the Vanguard for a week every November or December (I cant quite remember)--worth the trip to NYC!

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    Indeed, I have seen him many times live. He is fantastic. Saw Ray Brown live once in the 90’s. They are very similar live, which is really saying something.

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    Of course, I do find it curious that with a release produced by and done for Qobuz...the credits info is woefully incomplete.

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    6 hours ago, firedog said:

    Of course, I do find it curious that with a release produced by and done for Qobuz...the credits info is woefully incomplete.

    Digital booklet coming, the label should be delivering it today. 

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    So TIDAL won't be running this through the MQA workflow?

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    It seems to really well recorded....my problem is that it is what I call Free Form jazz...different band members just doing solos they could never play the same twice ....The Jazz I most like is called Smooth Jazz or what I call Structured Jazz.  Each song has a beginning.... middle... and end and they can play the same song again ...it got direction and actual music written for each instrument....Free form jazz sounds to me like each band member just makes stuff up as they go sometimes solo and sometimes with other members....

     

    The best example of this type of Structured Jazz can be heard on numerous albums from a group called The Rippingtons!

     

    Their latest album rocks...check it on Qobuz..

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    I would prefer the use of a Tenor sax. Other than that, superb on all levels,

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    10 hours ago, dmackta said:

    Digital booklet coming, the label should be delivering it today. 

    Was it recorded using Pro tools? Did Qobuz have any say in the recording process? Thanks! 

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    I have quite a few of those recordings. They all sound very nice.

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    On 5/1/2021 at 6:31 AM, JoeWhip said:

    I would prefer the use of a Tenor sax. Other than that, superb on all levels,

    While it sounded good initially I find it fatiguing, did a waveform analysis and you can see the dynamic range has been reduced, also the spectral plot is not clean. A real missed opportunity IMO as the music is great. 

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    3 hours ago, Rexp said:

    While it sounded good initially I find it fatiguing, did a waveform analysis and you can see the dynamic range has been reduced, also the spectral plot is not clean. A real missed opportunity IMO as the music is great. 

     

    Yes, fatiguing is the right word. It seemed to me that the material itself was the reason.

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